Michelin, the French tire company, has a storied history in restaurant reviews. Its rankings carry so much weight there that losing a star can drive a restaurant to ruin. For all its guides, full-time professional restaurant critics undergo a rigorous course of training before being turned loose on unsuspecting restaurants and hotels. They eat anywhere from four to eight times in any restaurant before determining its rating.
Only six Bay Area restaurants received a two-star rating: two in San Francisco (Aqua and Michael Mina), two in Wine Country (Cyrus and the Restaurant at Meadowood), and two in Silicon Valley (Chez TJ in Mountain View and Manresa in Los Gatos).
This year, 27 restaurants in the area received one star, four more than last year. The newcomers are: Ame in San Francisco, Coi in San Francisco, Cortez in San Francisco, Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, One Market in San Francisco and Redd in Yountville.
2008 rankings of San Francisco Bay Area restaurants.
*** (3 stars) – A very good restaurants in its category
** (2 stars) – Excellent cooking and worth a detour
* (1 star) – Exceptional cuisine and worth the journey
|1 Star Restaurants||City||Neighborhood||Reservations|
|Acquerello||San Francisco||Nob Hill|
|Ame||San Francisco||South of Market|
|Auberge du Soleil||Rutherford||Napa Valley|
|Bistro Jeanty||Yountville||Napa Valley|
|Boulevard||San Francisco||South of Market|
|Chez Panisse||Berkeley||East Bay|
|Coi||San Francisco||North Beach|
|Cortez||San Francisco||Financial District|
|Ritz-Carlton Dining Room||San Francisco||Nob Hill|
|Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant||Forestville||Sonoma County|
|Fifth Floor||San Francisco||South of Market|
|Fleur de Lys||San Francisco||Financial District|
|Gary Danko||San Francisco||North Beach|
|K & L Bistro||Sebastopol||Sonoma County|
|La Folie||San Francisco||Nob Hill|
|La Toque||Rutherford||Napa Valley|
|Madrona Manor||Healdsburg||Sonoma County|
|Martini House||St. Helena||Napa Valley|
|Masa’s||San Francisco||Nob Hill|
|One Market||San Francisco||South of Market|
|Quince||San Francisco||Marina District|
|Range||San Francisco||Mission District|
|Rubicon||San Francisco||Financial District|
|Sushi Ran||Sausalito||North Bay|
|Terra||St. Helena||Napa Valley|
|Aqua||San Francisco||Financial District|
|Chez TJ||Mountain View||Peninsula|
|Meadowood, The Restaurant||St. Helena||Napa Valley|
|Michael Mina||San Francisco||Financial District|
|3 Star- Restaurants||City||Neighborhood|
|The French Laundry||Yountville||Napa Valley|
Following are several updates since going to press in late August.
288 Connecticut St.
San Francisco (Mission District)
Under new ownership, Aug. 2007
550 Geary St.
San Francisco (Financial District)
Co-executive chef Louis Maldonado has left after four years
Seth Bowden will now be the sole executive chef
12 4th St., San Francisco (SoMa)
Recently announced that Chef Laurent Manrique of Aqua will be acting as consulting chef
1106 1st St., Napa
Closed late August
The former chef/owner Peter Halikas will be taking over as executive chef at Brix in Yountville
1453 Dwight Way
Closed as of September
2209 Polk St.
San Francisco (Nob Hill)
Recently closed and location is now Bar Johnny